Like any other group of philosophers, scholastic thinkers from the Middle Ages disagreed about even the most fundamental of concepts. With their characteristic style of rigorous semantic and logical analysis, they produced a wide variety of diverse theories about a huge number of topics.
The Routledge Companion to Medieval Philosophy offers readers an outstanding survey of many of these diverse theories, on a wide array of subjects. Its 35 chapters, all written exclusively for this Companion by leading international scholars, are organized into seven parts:
I Language and Logic
III Cosmology and Physics
VI Ethics and Moral Philosophy
VII Political Philosophy
In addition to shedding new light on the most well-known philosophical debates and problems of the medieval era, the Companion brings to the fore topics that may not traditionally be associated with scholastic philosophy, but were in fact a veritable part of the tradition. These include chapters covering scholastic theories about propositions, atomism, consciousness, and democracy and representation.
The Routledge Companion to Medieval Philosophy is a helpful, comprehensive introduction to the field for undergraduate students and other newcomers as well as a unique and valuable resource for researchers in all areas of philosophy.
Table of Contents
Part I : Language and Logic
1. Propositions Nathaniel E. Bulthuis
2. Qualification Allan Bäck
3. Kinds of Argument Sara L. Uckelman
4. Modal Logic Spencer C. Johnston
5. Logic Games JT Paasch
Part II: Metaphysics
6. Matter John Kronen and Sandra Menssen
7. Form Thomas M. Ward
8. Relations Heine Hansen
9. Powers JT Paasch
10. Identity and Sameness Andrew W. Arlig
11. Kinds, Essences, and Natures Martin Tweedale
12. Individuation Daniel D. Novotný and Jorge J. E. Gracia
Part III: Cosmology and Physics
13. Causality Graham White
14. Space and Place Cecilia Trifogli
15. Atomism Aurélien Robert
16. Qualitative Change Robert Pasnau
17. Proofs for God’s Existence William E. Mann
Part IV: Psychology
18. Soul, Mind, and Body Paul J. M. M. Bakker
19. Intellect Jack Zupko
20. Will Cyrille Michon
21. Emotions Vesa Hirvonen
22. Consciousness Therese Scarpelli Cory
Part V: Cognition
23. Internal Senses Deborah Black
24. Cognitive Acts Giorgio Pini
25. Abstraction Simo Knuuttila
26. Intentionality Gyula Klima
27. Mental Language Joël Biard
Part VI: Ethics and Moral Philosophy
28. Freedom Tobias Hoffman
29. Reasons and Actions Anthony Celano
30. Divine Command Theory Hannes Möhle
31. Conscience Douglas C. Langston
32. Atonement Thomas Williams
Part VII: Political Philosophy
33. Law and Government Jonathan Jacobs
34. Spheres of Power Stephen Lahey
35. Democracy ad Representation Takashi Shogimen
Richard Cross is John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame, a position he has held since 2007. From 1993 to 2007, he was a Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford. He has written extensively on medieval philosophy, with a focus on Duns Scotus. He is currently writing a sequence of books on the metaphysics of Christology from 1050 to 1700.
JT Paasch teaches for the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University. He has published on topics in medieval philosophy and theology, and is the author of Divine Production in Late Medieval Trinitarian Theology (2012).
"This is an excellent collection of up-to-the-minute discussions of medieval philosophy, organized thematically, by some of the very best scholars working in the field today. Accessible to non-specialists, it provides overviews of key areas in a manner that is rewarding to beginners and experts alike."
Peter King, University of Toronto, Canada
"The riches of medieval philosophy and its relevance to the contemporary philosophical reader have long been clear, but there are constantly new discoveries in the field. This book gathers together many of these discoveries by offering comprehensive treatment of the scholastic tradition in Latin Christendom. With a roster of expert authors including both younger and more established scholars, the volume provides insightful and nuanced discussions of a huge number of philosophical themes and will be of use to the general and more advanced reader."
Peter Adamson, Ludwig-Maximilians Universität, Germany, and King’s College London, UK
"This is an excellent volume. Focused mainly on Latin scholasticism, the 31 essays are organized topically rather than historically and they are uniformly informative and well written. . . . The book is full of fascinating discussions of major topics too numerous to include here. In particular, Paasch's contribution on medieval logic games gave this reviewer much to think about as both a scholar and a teacher, and he found himself wondering how he could incorporate these games in undergraduate logic classes. All in all, this book stands out as an excellent source for those studying Latin scholasticism. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; graduate students."
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